Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Newcastle / Yorkshire - a minor holiday among the hills and valleys.

Sadly our gig in Glasgow was postponed until November, but this gave us some downtime to explore what the countryside of Northern England had to offer. We headed up to Newcastle for a social visit, via a picnic at the Devil's Arrows. Located near to the A1 and the River Ure, this sequence of standing stones runs in line with a series of neolithic man-made sites within a larger area of ceremonial importance. Julian Cope's The Modern Antiquarian became our guide book here, guiding us through the rural countryside until we found henges, stones and tumuli in abundance hidden among the hedgerows and twisting lanes.

We discovered over those few days that the music of Kemper Norton was a perfect accompaniment to this kind of excursion. 

Once we had re-fueled with beer, sleep, sightseeing and fine company in Newcastle we had a few days in Yorkshire to explore, study, and collect field recordings. The weather was somewhat against us and there was a fiendishly hidden chip shop toying with our emotions, but we managed all of the above with some additional hiking over the moors and around a reservoir.  Navigation in Yorkshire is not a simple matter. It was around this point we started eating too much pizza.

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